This is my first read of a Suzanne Brockmann book and now I know what all the fuss was about! The Admiral's Bride is a reissue from her Silhouette IntThis is my first read of a Suzanne Brockmann book and now I know what all the fuss was about! The Admiral's Bride is a reissue from her Silhouette Intimate Moments edition and it's a meaty one. I grabbed this because I was looking for some older heroes/younger heroines contemporaries and since I loved romantic suspense I thought this would be a good start. What an awesome story this turned out to be. I had planned to only read it in between my others but I ended up devouring it in one day!
Where can I find a guy like Admiral Jake Robinson? A complex, sexy, strong, resolute alpha male who's not afraid to be sensitive show his feelings and tell what's on his mind will go on my list of memorable heroes. He matches well with Zoe a headstrong, whip smart biochemical weapons expert whose father was saved by Jake in the prologue. The connections are weaved from the beginning and the suspense, thrills and romance both progress nicely as the story unfolds. I was bummed when this story came to an end!
I also love the chemistry and camaraderie between the SEALs team. From Star Trek and X-Men references to the way they worked and joked with each other, they felt real and like peeking in on old friends. I found myself laughing out loud at their sayings.
I'm definitely going to check out more of Ms. Brockmann's works as I've good things about her Troubleshooters series (especially the couple of Sam and Alyssa) but first I'm going to dive into Taylor's Temptation. I hope that story has a scene to rival the scorching hot shower and rooftop scenes!!...more
Another Brockmann winner! I love the way she writes dialogue and combines it with very realistic and varied characters. This was a great read that tooAnother Brockmann winner! I love the way she writes dialogue and combines it with very realistic and varied characters. This was a great read that took me a bit to get into but when I did, the ride was awesome. Of course this means I now have to read Wes's story cause I want to see him get his HEA. Next to Jake Robinson my faves on the team are probably Bobby and Wes. This is a great series....more
On my hunt for May/December romance reads I came across this little charming book that was a reissue from the Harlequin Silhouette Intimate Moments liOn my hunt for May/December romance reads I came across this little charming book that was a reissue from the Harlequin Silhouette Intimate Moments line. Boy I'm glad I came upon this line! Right away it read like it could be a 50s movie starring a young Audrey Hepburn and an older William Holden and then I realized it had a very Sabrina type of feel to it even though the story was different.
Lauren Howard is a young women recovering from a car crash that ended in her gravely injured and ending her brother's life. She blames herself for it and for losing out on a rising dancing career. Despite the accident, Lauren keeps her compassion and strength while she works as a secretary for one of her mother's friends. She even continues dating a certain man who will lead her into the path of a man whose brother will soon capture her heart...
Jason Kenyon is a big business banker born of privilege. He lives in high society and living although he would much rather sit on the outside observing things around him. He hasn't dated much since his wife died, instead he's thrown himself into work and has shut down in a way. Until one day he sees a woman in a white coat across the way of his building. He tries to run and catch her but misses her. As fate would have it, he meets her again later as she is introduced as the date of his younger brother, Tony.
I loved the characters in A Time to Keep! Jason and Lauren are very much alike even from the start as they are more fitting as outside observers. They stand out from the surrounding characters like a splash of color against a black and white painting and their relationship builds from mild attraction and friendship to full on romance with ease.
Tony is the polar opposite as the younger brother. An extrovert all the way as the author describes him engaging the dinner party as "He was like an endearing small boy, who greedily took all the cookies and knew no one would scold him". While Jason is described to "hold an aura of quiet power. He didn't say a lot, but seemed content to sit back and observe, even prefer it".
I loved Ms. Matlock's way with words, description and characterization. I found myself wrapped up in their lives and rooting for them all the way as the story went on. I even was emotionally involved in ole Felice there who wanted to get her grubby, social climbing claws into Jason (and I didn't like her one bit).
I can't say I blame her. Jason is a dreamy hero and although he isn't "grr, me man you woman" all out Alpha, he's a quiet man but definitely not a pushover. He takes care of Lauren when she suffers a fall and although she wants to do things herself, he's quick to take things over and urge her to relax (with a nice gruff edge of urgency). He tells people what's what in a manner that gets the point across. Lauren is the same way which cements their perfect match.
I wish Ms. Matlock would have taken the time to show more of the dialogue and scenes. Sometimes it felt jumped and jarring when you're in one scene and then she describes their location in the next paragraph. Thankfully it's not a common occurrence in the book and considering it's a category, the time frame and focus is more quick.
In any event, this was a great read I'm definitely adding to my keeper shelf. I wish Harlequin would put all of their backlist in ebook format rather than focusing just on the current releases. There's a lot of goodies and considering the publishing company is going into its 60th year anniversary this year, it's a great way to celebrate their legacy....more
I was a bit iffy whether or not I would be able to get into this story if it was NASCAR heavy but the sport just served as a backdrop to set the stage I was a bit iffy whether or not I would be able to get into this story if it was NASCAR heavy but the sport just served as a backdrop to set the stage and lives of the characters more than serve as a center. Crystal and Larry are a cute couple and I really loved that Larry was a mathematician/rocket scientist who worked for NASA. Crystal was a bit too feisty at times but seemed at her best when caring for her family or dog.
The drama between Crystal and her family felt more developed and focused than the romance with Larry. Love scenes were kept "offscreen" and behind closed doors which would appeal to sweet romance fans looking for some good ole fashioned romance (although there's a good amount of witty sexual innuendo and banter between the hero and heroine). I wish there was a bit more chemistry developed between Crystal and Larry and perhaps it could have had the chance in a longer story. I felt kinda like Larry did every time they kept getting interrupted! Despite these minor flaws, I enjoyed reading their story as well as seeing how Crystal came into her own as a person and within her own family. The niece and nephew were too cute! ...more
Lindsay Ellison returns home after calling off her wedding while working in London. She comes home to find her father in the middle of a mid-life crisLindsay Ellison returns home after calling off her wedding while working in London. She comes home to find her father in the middle of a mid-life crisis, her mother desperately trying to hold on for control in her life and the man she has always loved, her godfather and father's best friend, Walker Carr to be the one rock in her life that will help her mend things with all parties.
A great story that not only focused on a burgeoning romance but also a commentary on getting older, the passing of youth into adulthood and the essence of marriage and staying with the same person over the years. I really liked the characters in this story and, although at times predictable, the storyline worked toward a satisfying resolution....more
The heroine was a spoiled brat and the hero was a bit wishy washy and ran hot & cold. But sue me, I liked this book lol. The chemistry between theThe heroine was a spoiled brat and the hero was a bit wishy washy and ran hot & cold. But sue me, I liked this book lol. The chemistry between them is hot and it was a fun quick read. I'm definitely going to try other Palmer books....more
This was a light, fun read and also my first foray into the chick lit genre. Not sure I'll be making a return as I liked this book more so for the chaThis was a light, fun read and also my first foray into the chick lit genre. Not sure I'll be making a return as I liked this book more so for the characters and this particular romantic setup.
This book reminded me of Sex and the City and read like an episode (or maybe a full season). Lead heroine and narrator Ellie Winters has both the conservative, good girl vibes of Charlotte York and the neuroses of Carrie Bradshaw. She's surrounded by her two best friends: the hard working tax attorney and straight arrow Harmony (this book's Miranda Hobbs) and the somewhat loose and bed hopping Nina (a twin of Samantha Jones). There's lots of relationship and sexual conquest talk over high powered lunches, party cocktails and big events. And there's also lots of designer name drops and pop culture references sprinkled throughout the text.
I like Sex and the City because it's just a pure comedy and good drama show for me and I like seeing what craziness Carrie and her friends get into each episode. I like the friendship and the slice of life feel of the show and got much of it with this book. I liked the love interest older man (which made me pick this book up in the first place) and although I didn't identify with a lot of what Ellie went through, I could sympathize with her situations and often times felt like shaking her as if she were a friend who has lost her way a little.
Part of me wishes this was the first in a series of novels because there are things that happened here that I want to see followups on but at the same time, I wouldn't want to see anything happen to deter the HEA at the end of the book.
All in all a fun read that I'll probably check out again a few years later down the road....more
Another good Brockmann read! This is another from her backlist, this time from the Bartlett Brothers Duology. It focuses more on the romance and dramaAnother good Brockmann read! This is another from her backlist, this time from the Bartlett Brothers Duology. It focuses more on the romance and drama between the hero and heroine while the suspense takes a backdrop in the character's past that binds them together. There's an instance of the "miscommunication breakdown" situation (as one character noted in the story) that some readers may seem tiring but it worked here due to what the characters went through and how they were introduced in the story. I loved the ending a lot with the newspaper column. ...more
**spoiler alert** "He's her first chance at love. She's his last."
I love that tagline along with the theme and the blurb of Mirror Blue caught my eye.**spoiler alert** "He's her first chance at love. She's his last."
I love that tagline along with the theme and the blurb of Mirror Blue caught my eye. After finishing it, I really enjoyed reading the journey of web designer and aspiring writer Aphra (short for Aphrodite) and Isaac Lightfoot. I've heard more than a few readers mourning the death of straight contemporary romance but I've been coming across some goodies in the smaller press. Mirror Blue is definitely one.
Aphra has always looked up to Isaac Lightfoot, seeing the Vietnam vet as her hero. The book opens when she finally meets him at a book signing and sparks begin to fly. Soon Aphra finds herself redesigning Isaac's website and working alongside him. The feeling becomes mutual and the couple find themselves battling life, ex-wives, grown children and a dark turbulent past in order to find their happiness within each other.
Although Mirror Blue is a romance, it's written in a literary format. Ms. Grindstaff weaves the tale with flowing prose that exemplifies exactly how Aphra is feeling (added with a side of slight sarcasm). She doesn't shy away from showing the post traumatic stresses of war or the tension between finding love with someone who has a lot of baggage in their past. Aphra herself is a unique character who rides a motorcycle, reads classic books, isn't interested in having children and enjoys sharing her home with some very likable cats who know who rules the roost. Even her family members have their own personalities as does Isaac's friends who are also vets and I have to say I really loved the supporting cast here, especially Hieu and Red Hawk.
The only thing I found myself scratching my head on is towards the end. I'm not a huge fan of the 'big misunderstanding' in romance stories. The fact that Aphra went back and forth on wanting to be at the nexus of Isaac's universe (basically in his ex-wife's place who shared a son with him) and yet vehemently being against having children was a bit confusing. I did understand that she wanted to be in that special part of Isaac but a few things she inferred and pushed on Isaac could have been avoided if she would have just asked Isaac what was up. I did like that they talked afterward and put everything on the table about their feelings and fears along with the silly way they were acting. Sometimes I felt like Aphra was practically pushing Isaac back to his ex-wife and I'm glad he voiced this.
In any event, this was a great love story that was very well written. I'm going to keep an eye on this author because I'd love to read more of Ms. Grindstaff's works....more